DENISON, TX -- Before all of the Josh Hamilton to Texas talk late Friday afternoon, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels would make a stop in Denison.
There he'd speak at the Texoma Valley District Boy Scouts of America luncheon explaining how he looks for talent and personnel for his baseball club with the same values as the Boy Scouts.
His club meanwhile is 6-9, yet only two games back of the division lead.
As the season is only about a tenth of the way through, he remains optimistic.
"The way I'm looking at it is, I think we're going to be better in the second half than the first half, I think that as we go along, as these young guys get some more time, as Derek Holland comes back, and Martin Perez comes back and Chi Chi Gonzalez in Triple A and Joey Gallo at Double A, these mature and become options for us, I think we're going to start playing better, so I don't really think there's a truly great team necessarily in the division, I think there's some good teams, going to be very competitive and our expectation is to start playing better ball, stay in this thing and when our guys come back make a little run for it," he said.